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14 January, 2010

I’ve been walking a lot over the last couple of days, even as far as the aquatic centre where I blasted the gastrocnemius pointblank with the waterjet in the whirlpool. I’m not too sure this is the right thing to do — the recommended therapy for this kind of chronic muscle tear (according to Tim Noakes in Lore of running) is vigorous cross-friction massages, which I’ve attempted to apply myself. Both these and the waterjet were somewhat painful, so here’s to hoping it was the right kind of pain.

As I work around the immediate obstacle to my training plan, I’m going to try envisioning the elliptical machine as a pair of snowshoes. Okay, so the air in the gym might not be quite as fresh as that on the mountains, but if you really squint they can kinda look a tiny, little bit like snowshoes, and the action is there or thereabouts.

Tonight, I showed up anyway in the pouring rain for the LGRR workout. It wasn’t very demanding, but, even so, it became apparent after a couple of laps of the track that the pain was coming back. As I recognized it early, I’m still hopeful that this will only be a two week setback, but we’ll see. This will likely be my last post for a while, as thinking and writing about running is just too frustrating when running itself is just not possible, and I doubt anyone wants to read the endlessly morbid thoughts of a runner in recovery.

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  1. 15 January, 2010 4:06 am

    i had a calf muscle tear in september that ruled me out of running for 6 weeks, i did twice weekly visits to the physio to work on the calf (cross friction) but after 5 weeks it wasn’t getting any better really. I changed physio and went to a sports injury specialist who diagnosed the problem as a really tight ITB putting my calf under huge straini – so he released my ITB (excruciating); within 72 hours i was pain-free and running with my normal stride again, within 5 days i was back up to 18 mile runs. Lessons learned, the problem may not be where the pain is and make sure you are seeing the right specialist – not all physios are created equal. hope this helps.

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